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Urban Living

Project sales launch: The Henderson in Glen Iris

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In July 1850, Captain Thomas Henderson sailed into Hobsons Bay aboard the smartest vessel the new colony had ever seen. Revered by fellow seafarers, the ‘Iris’ was built of the best materials and radiated elegance with her polished mahogany. Captain Henderson settled on the banks of Gardiners Creek, establishing the suburb of Glen iris and naming it in homage to his graceful ship. Quality is designed into the heart of The Henderson. It heralds a...
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Fishermans Bend: Will the precinct catch the market?

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On 2 July 2012 the then Minister For Planning, Matthew Guy, announced the rezoning of the Fishermans Bend area from an industrial precinct to a ‘Capital City Zone’ and declared it a project of State Significance. Overnight it became Australia’s largest urban renewal area which to put in context will effectively double the size of the Melbourne CBD. Urban renewal is a program of land redevelopment in areas of moderate to high density urban land...

New apartment releases line up for their time in the sun

The AFL finals are upon us and Spring has sprung… well, not quite yet. This time of year generally does coincide with a string of apartment developments readying themselves for public launch. Whether they are looking to capitalise upon the improving Spring weather where buyers are more inclined to be out and about in the search for a new property, or seeking to secure as many sales as possible prior to the Christmas break, Urban Melbourne have...

Priority pick: The Moreland set to make its mark

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Urban Melbourne and Apartment Register present the first public opportunity for buyers to secure a prime apartment within The Moreland, a newly launched project located in the on-trend inner northern suburb of Brunswick West. Designed by local firm Peter Brown Architects, The Moreland will hold 52 dwellings with a variety of one and two bedroom apartment configurations available. Register now With ample sized apartments in mind The Moreland is...

Urban Development & Design

Explainer: what is ‘value capture’ and what does it mean for cities?

Nicole Gurran , University of Sydney and Stewart Lawler , University of Sydney Value capture secures some of the benefits delivered by public investment to offset the costs of provision. The notion has been around in various forms for a while, but recently gained steam. Prime Minister’s Malcolm Turnbull’s Smart Cities Plan touts value capture as a way to better distribute “the costs and benefits in publicly funded infrastructure to facilitate a...

Context matters: Glen Eira's level crossing removals & 'value capture' redevelopment

It shouldn't surprise anyone that new development is to form part of the level crossing removal projects. After all, it was only a few short years ago that the City of Glen Eira became the first council to implement the reformed planning zones. Glen Eira is the now infamous council that got in first, locked up a significant amount of its territory with the new neighbourhood residential zone and then proceeded to explain that it will help share...

Banco pushes further into Footscray

The heart of Footscray is in for more change as Banco Group looks to facilitate the development of an underutilised tract of land. With the balance of the sizeable site an at grade car park, 14 Albert Street has been earmarked for a mixed-use development. In addition to residential apartments, a cinema, supermarket, speciality shops, aged care facility, medical centres and a restaurant have all been included within the JAM Architects-designed...

Construction beckons for Queens Place

Another of Melbourne's batch of sizeable apartment projects is closer to reality, with a construction tender now open for Queens Place Tower 1. The tender process was initiated mid July with developer 3L Alliance expecting construction to begin toward the end of the year or early next year. Queens Place is currently 81% sold. Consisting of dual residential towers spanning 246 metres in height, Queens Place is a joint design between firms Cox...

Urban Industry

Melburnians flock to virtual reality and property marketers are taking notice

There is rising consumer appetite for virtual reality in Australia and property marketers are starting to pay attention. As of this writing, Google Trends has given Melbourne a score of 100 for ‘Regional Interest’ for the search-term “Virtual Reality”. What exactly does a score of 100 mean? Well, explaining Google Trends data can be a little tricky but a rank of 100 effectively means that proportionately, people in Melbourne are searching for “...

C270: How will it affect development in Melbourne’s central city?

C270 is the amendment to the interim planning controls (C262) that landed like a bomb last year . For the most part, this amendment is a step in the right direction. However, there is one change that will have a profound impact on development viability: the Plot Ratio is now 18:1. If you own a site and were planning on lodging for a permit based on 24:1 plot ratio, you will be hit hard. Your yield will now be based on an 18:1 plot ratio unless...
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Discussing the Beller Commercial 2016 Shopping Strip Research with Fred Nucara

Beller Commercial has just completed their first quarter shopping strip research for 2016 - a matrix of 28 key shopping strips that depict the number of shops, number of vacancies, average asking rent per square metre and yield. Beller Commercial Agents take to the streets quarterly and physically count the ‘for lease’ signs, vacant stores, check the web listings and do the arithmetic themselves. Urban Melbourne recently caught up with Beller...

The top three reasons why you should market locally to succeed in China

Marketing to Chinese consumers is a hot topic for all businesses across different sectors. A common misperception for businesses is that they need to be in China to sell to Chinese consumers. This has prompted developers and agencies to invest in roadshows, exhibitions and seminars at China’s prime real estate and events, only to result in expensive failures. With the growing Chinese population in Australia, sellers need not look too far in...

Visual Melbourne

White Night Melbourne 2016

Once again Melbourne’s all night festival of art, music and light projections has delighted hundreds of thousands in Melbourne’s CBD. The 2016 edition of White Night is the fourth time that it has been run in Melbourne. After only a few years the cultural event has clearly been readily accepted as an important part of Melbourne’s busy events calendar The biggest highlights this year were dominated by Melbourne’s top architectural masterpieces...

Feeling at home next to the dome

A new piece of street art has been unveiled opposite Etihad Stadium that is in stark contrast to its drab surrounds. The poorly activated surrounds of Etihad Stadium has been given a boost with Melbourne developer Capital Alliance commissioning internationally recognised street artist Rone to create a mural overlooking the sporting venue. The result is a new 140sqm edifice adoring M Docklands , a new five star hotel and residential complex which...
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Thornbury and Preston light up for the Darebin Projection Festival

The junction marking Thornbury and Preston is set to light up this evening, celebrating a significant development set to happen in the area. A joint partnership between Creative Suburbs and the Darebin City Council, the festival is aimed to light up the area and switch on the minds of residents and visitors alike. Light projection by Victor Holder at Rainbow Serpent Festival 2015. On Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June from 6-11pm, the Thornbury...

Where else but Footscray!

Urban Melbourne has contributed many an article toward the seismic shift occuring within Footscray, there's a raft of large-scale apartment developments in the pipeline set to transform the area over the next decade. No less than 21 current apartment project listings for postcode 3011 are in the Urban Melbourne project database, with the sum of 4,900 plus apartments a distinct possibility. Even the likes of local stalwart Franco Cozzo has sought...

Urban Affairs

Growing challenges are disrupting our old ways of getting around cities

Cities are complex systems. One visible artery of the city is traffic – the cluster of moving people and flowing goods – and mobility is critical for a city’s life. We should be concerned about voices pointing to disrupting forces on mobility, such as a Global Summit on Disrupting Mobility recently hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

What is Melbourne's metro? What could it be?

What is a metro? It's a good question and it has many answers. Not least because Australian rail systems don't neatly fit into categories like how people readily and easily classify rail networks in Asia, Europe and North America. Using terms like heavy rail, metro (or subway), light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT), tram (or streetcar) or bus network will generally be understood with little to no explanation and these generalist...

Bayswater next in line to see level crossing removals

It was announced this morning that the level crossings either side of Bayswater station at Scoresby Road and Mountain Highway are next in line to go. In a noticeable shift from previously unveiled grade separation and station designs, the method chosen to grade separate will involve partially lowering the rail line and partially raising Mountain Highway. A full rail under road grade removal will occur at Scoresby Road. Kevin Devlin, the CEO of...

Melbourne Metro Rail stations: more detail released & comment

The drip feed of information on the Melbourne Metro Rail project website continues, with a recent update featuring an interactive map to be used for consultation purposes, along with brochures providing increasing detail about each station and portal precinct. Perhaps one of the most important parts of the placement of a station on a rail line is how and where users will access the underground structures. The brochures now display proposed...
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Blog: Melburnist's braindump

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 14:00
There's been a fair bit of level crossing removal spin in the mainstream media this week, with terms like 'skytrains' and the State opposition taking an apparent position on the 'best' method of grade separating level crossings. The 'best' solution for each grade separation project depends on many different factors...

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